Assessing and spelling out priorities should always be at the top of your list to gain clarity and ultimate business success.
I'm frequently reminded of how critical priorities can be. Of course, this is why it is one of the pillars in my 5P accelerator model for fast-tracking results.   Do you pay attention to priorities? You should!

In today's Amazon-impacted world, my clients want - and need - quick results.  Fast progress will not occur if you are working on the wrong priorities.  It seems apparent; however, it is worth noting as it is such a common occurrence.  Here are some recent examples and types of priorities to ponder:

  1. Priority clarity: I've been working on an ERP project design and implementation.  Priorities are absolutely essential in this case.  There are always countless tasks that need to be completed in order to go live.  How do you know you are working on those most critical to an on-time, on-budget, on-results implementation?  Take the time to wade through priorities to obtain priority clarity.
  2. Skill set priorities:  On another ERP project, skill set related priorities are cornerstone to success.  In this case, there are limited resources with specific skills.  Thus, the priorities related to these specific skills must be elevated in importance.  This is similar in concept to focusing on the bottleneck of an operation with the theory of constraints.  Elevate the priorities surrounding the scarce resource to ensure success.
  3. Cross-functional priorities:  In a SIOP project, the goals of different departments created the need to focus in on cross-functional priorities.  Instead of working on whichever priority was most important to the department we happened to be talking with, we had to evaluate the business as a whole and look for cross-functional priorities.  Which priorities would provide the largest win overall even if some departments or individuals were negatively impacted?  Look for the win-win-win.

The bottom line is that if you are interested in success, you must keep an eye on priorities.  Don't get lost in details; look for the priorities.